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Is a 375 H&H Mag too much gun for whitetails?  I know much smaller calibers can do the job easily, just wondering if anybody has used them for whitetails and what the downside is, if any.
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375 H&H Mag for whitetails?  Oh No, I use a wrecking ball to tap in drywall nails all the time.   LOL  Roll on Floor Laughing
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Have never used my 375 for deer, but if thats what you want to do with it, I see nothing wrong with doing so, after all dead is dead.  I'd also drop down in bullet weight, something in the 240 gr area would flatten it out alittle and provide some expansion.  Just my thoughts.
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I'm sorry I thought this was a joke!!! 

OK, I'm back!!!  I would worry about how much meat is left after I pull the trigger.  Hugh racks are nice, but you can boil'em, microwave'em, BBQ'em or deep fry'em.  Ya just can't EAT'em.  I think I'd lose a lot of meat in the freezer using a 375 H&H on the whitetails around here!!!

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 Way more than you need, but nothing really wrong with it. If I had a .375, I'd surely shoot a couple whitetails with it. It would be a great confidence builder for going after bigger game later on.
  Heck, I'd shoot rabbits with it and reduced handloads!
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Originally posted by Steelbenz Steelbenz wrote:

I'm sorry I thought this was a joke!!! 

OK, I'm back!!!  I would worry about how much meat is left after I pull the trigger.  Hugh racks are nice, but you can boil'em, microwave'em, BBQ'em or deep fry'em.  Ya just can't EAT'em.  I think I'd lose a lot of meat in the freezer using a 375 H&H on the whitetails around here!!!

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 True to a point, but a LOT would depend on the bullet you were using.  A tough .375 bullet at 2700 fps. probably isn't going to wreck as much meat on a deer as a 140 Ballistic Tip out of a 7mm Magnum, on a similar shot. It will just go through a few more birch trees afterward!
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 I honestly believe that ,if one is available, you choose the right bullet you can use any cartridge on deer without alot of meat loss.  I'm using my 9.3x62mm this yr with 285gr Privi Partizan factory stuff and 270gr Speer handloads. I won't accept excessive meat damage from a cartridge/bullet.
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It will just go through a few more birch trees afterward!

OK, I will modify my statement!!! But the defense rests!!!   LOL
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I'm just sort of bouncing the idea around that I want to buy a Sako.  Already have several rifles suited for deer from 30-30 to 30-06, but nothing larger than that.  I will never hunt in Africa, and there is only a so-so chance that I will ever hunt anything large than a black bear in north America.  But if I'm going to rationalize buying a Sako, I figure I should at least add something to expand the versatility of my arsenal.
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Not to compare with but people use 45-70s all the time so what the heck!  my uncle uses a 338 for every thing from deer to grizzlies. the big guns are just heavier so you will want to consider that unless you are stand or blind hunting!
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 First off rationalizing has no place when it comes to a buying firearms! It'll ruin a perfectly good rifle loonie. Get it and use it. In all seriousness though,the wrong larger caliber bullet has a real good chance of acting like a soild with minimal damage pass throughs. Pick your shots carefully. I plan on it until I find the proper bullet for my 9.3(if there is one).
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Oh, IF you what me to give you reason to buy a 375 H&H Mag.  Because everybody needs an Artillery piece in their personal arsenal.  You never know when a cape buffalo gets loose around town!!!   LOL

   
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 YEP! That's why pyro got his.
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Since I started using my .458 Lott for deer hunting I have actually had less "bloodshot" meat, the deer goes nowhere but straight down, it is the ideal deer rifle.  .375 H&H seems like it would do well.  I may not ever deer hunt with anything other than the .458 Lott again... unless I get a .375.  Remember, our forefathers hunted everything with .50cal Hawken and such.  It just didn't attain the MV of today's BIG guns.  A .50 hole is still a .50 hole, no matter how fast it is traveling.  They invented "barking squirrels" to be able to use one rifle for all hunting.  
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Agree with the above.
 
If this was a first and only rifle purchase for whitetails I'd say a big NO WAY.  But if you already have human size rifles that you have used for deer and just want something different, can tolerate the increased recoil and stay accurate, then go for it and have a good time!
 
 
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Elmer Keith thought that a .375r double gun was the perfect deer rifle.  YMMV
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Originally posted by silver silver wrote:

Elmer Keith thought that a .375r double gun was the perfect deer rifle.  YMMV
A new name for me, but now I am in the market for his book "Safari".  
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

Originally posted by silver silver wrote:

Elmer Keith thought that a .375r double gun was the perfect deer rifle.  YMMV
A new name for me, but now I am in the market for his book "Safari".  


Are you kidding me ?  or have you just never read his stuff?
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Never heard of the man before...
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Most definitely look for some of his material I believe you will really appreciate the man he is really known for handguns but also a BIG rifle guy he liked large caliber the most.  
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 "Hell, I was THERE!" is one of the best books I've ever read. (Elmer Kieth)

 He was not a big man, but he was a TOUGH man!

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I'm going to have to build some more bookshelves...
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That is a good thing! Wink
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Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I'm going to have to build some more bookshelves...
 You might want to check with Mark (Cheaptrick) about that. He has one that doubles as a loading bench!
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

Originally posted by Kickboxer Kickboxer wrote:

I'm going to have to build some more bookshelves...
 You might want to check with Mark (Cheaptrick) about that. He has one that doubles as a loading bench!


was that thing the real deal ?I thought it was a joke!
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